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Old 01-24-2005, 11:55 PM   #11
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Sorry I'm late Jim. This sounds like a hardware issue, specifically the RAM. Check your BIOS settings for the memory first, to make sure it is clocked to factory specs. Then if you can, try to get a hold of a different stick of memory and see how that goes.
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Your first problem is you bought an AMD.....


Second problem is probably RAM...... but it still could be power supply.
Make sure you've got at least a 'good' 450w in there.... I prefer Antec, but any brand name, Sparkle, Enermax etc will do fine.

You should also do this....

Right Click on "My Computer"
goto Properties
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Settings for Startup & Recovery
Remove the checkmark for "Automatically Reset"

If it'* a software (or maybe even a RAM error) this will cause the BSOD to stay on your screen and give you a STOP code which we might be able to use to track down the error.

Let us know if you get any STOP codes....
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Thanks guys, can you please tell me what BIOS is, I hear it referred to many times, but I am not 100% sure of what it is/does.

I'll beef up the power supply, tell them to install a new stick of memory and get a new box...so 450W should do it?

Oh and I stick with what I am familiar with, I like AMD...so I stick with it.
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It'* the most basic OS for your hardware. You need to edit the CMOS settings for your hardware. When the computer first boots up, you need to hit a certain key to get in to it. It could be anything.... F1, F2, F10 , it'* all different.

450 is more than enough. Way more than enough.
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Thanks guys, can you please tell me what BIOS is, I hear it referred to many times, but I am not 100% sure of what it is/does.

I'll beef up the power supply, tell them to install a new stick of memory and get a new box...so 450W should do it?

Oh and I stick with what I am familiar with, I like AMD...so I stick with it.
BIOS
Basic Input Output System

Controls the functions of your motherboard.... things that happen before the OS even thinks about loading. Here you can change your boot sequence, CPU/RAM timing, onboard stuff... etc etc....

If you are asking what it is.... you should probably stay out of there. You 'could' do some damage.... it'* not likely that you would.... but you 'could'.
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Your first problem is you bought an AMD.....
Wrong AMD is great much better then the more expensive lett efficiant Intel P4 that run hot and have to have hyperthreding to fix there broken core I do not want to start an argument but look at the reviews of an Amd 64 2.2ghz verses a 3.2ghx P4.

by the way I have build eight computers with different AMd processors in then and they have not had any problems with them.
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Lets not turn this into an Intel vs AMD thing, Merlin was bustin my chops.

Point being...I should get new RAM and what is the recommended power supply?
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Your first problem is you bought an AMD.....
Wrong AMD is great much better then the more expensive lett efficiant Intel P4 that run hot and have to have hyperthreding to fix there broken core I do not want to start an argument but look at the reviews of an Amd 64 2.2ghz verses a 3.2ghx P4.

by the way I have build eight computers with different AMd processors in then and they have not had any problems with them.
Man.... you can't take a joke can you.... lol
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Lets not turn this into an Intel vs AMD thing, Merlin was bustin my chops.

Point being...I should get new RAM and what is the recommended power supply?
Get the 450 if you want, it'll be plenty. And get that RAM checked out.
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450 is more than enough. Way more than enough.
If it'* an el'cheapo power supply..... 450w is the MAX output... which means it could run as little as 300w sustained....

Antec, Enermax and other good brand names, rate their power supplys differently then the el'cheapo (chinese) ones..... trust me... I see it every day.

If you paid $30 for your power supply you paid too little.
I'd spend no less then $50 on it.
(Cdn of course )
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